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‘Elements of the story connect in ways that surprise’: PATRIOTS – Almeida Theatre

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Peter Morgan’s new play Patriots at the Almeida Theatre is a history lesson, filling in the gaps in our understanding of how we ended up where we are now. Specifically, it connects events in Russia after the fall of Communism with the high profile deaths in the UK of Russians who had fallen out with Vladimir Putin and, more implicitly, with the invasion of Ukraine and the state of Russia today.

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‘Confrontational, shocking, classic in its focus’: PATRIOTS – Almeida Theatre

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Patriots at the Almeida Theatre is a fresh history play: confrontational, shocking, classic in its focus on vast flawed characters and pretty close to documented – and very recent – reality. It has all the elements: a kingmaker whose creation turns on him, acolytes and shifting alliances, self-serving arrogance, passionate romantic patriotism, politics and big money and tragedy and defeat.

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14+ shows most likely to make critics’ #theatre2016 list of lists

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Sticky, Touring by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

I rounded up my personal choices in a recent blog and have enjoyed reading and publishing the scores of Year in Review blogs (nearly 30!) from My Theatre Mates colleagues in recent weeks. As an addendum, I’ve now rounded up critics’ round-ups in other publications.

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NEWS: Travesties transfers to West End with Tom Hollander, TICKETS ONSALE

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Patrick Marber’s critically acclaimed production of Tom Stoppard’s TRAVESTIES transfers to the West End in 2017 for a limited run at the Apollo Theatre, with over 100 tickets at each performance at just £20. The production opens on 14 February 2017, with previews from 3 February, and runs until 29 April.

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TRAVESTIES – Menier Chocolate Factory

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The result is a glorious intellectual spritzer, with Carr at its centre in a magnificent, defining, wittily commanding and endearing performance from Tom Hollander. As Carr in senility he frames the tale, a stooping querulous old mole in a ratty brown dressing gown and long-dead straw boater: in between times he and the hat reclaim their youth and the Zurich days.

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NEWS: Tom Hollander stars in Stoppard’s Travesties at Menier

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The Menier Chocolate Factory today officially announces a major new revival of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties – the first London revival in over 20 years. Patrick Marber directs Tom Hollander as he returns to the stage to play Henry Carr. The production opens on 4 October, with previews from 22 September and runs until 19 November.